An 18-year-old man was arrested just minutes after he allegedly robbed a Brighton convenience store at gunpoint Monday night -- his effort at escape slowed down by the $300 in coins the clerk had handed over during the crime, police said.
Derek Price of Roxbury was apprehended around 9:15 p.m. after he allegedly held up the Quality Market on North Beacon Street, police said. He was held on $25,000 bail today after being arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court on charges including armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm.
The clerk told police the suspect was wearing a black mask when he entered the store. The suspect allegedly pulled out a .32-caliber revolver covered in black tape, police said.
“Give me all the money,” the suspect said, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office. “And I want the bags under the counter, too.”
The clerk handed over about $500 in cash – but he also heaved about $300 in coins into the same bag, weighing it down.
“We tell folks not to resist during a robbery because the stakes are just too high,” Conley said in a statement. “But when it came to outwitting the assailant, this clerk gave no quarter.”
Price allegedly fled on foot onto Faneuil Street, and the clerk followed him in his personal vehicle, police said.
Price was apprehended by police on Faneuil Street and was positively identified by the clerk, police said. The revolver was allegedly retrieved from Price's pants pocket, and the bag of money was discovered nearby.
The Quality Market has been robbed a couple of times in the past several months, officials said. It is unclear if last night's incident was related to the previous incidents.
Price is slated return to court May 17.
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